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29th Nov 2006, 3:45 PM – Senate Motions - Logging in Tasmania’s Weld River Valley - Halt logging

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The majority voted against a motion introduced by Greens Senator Bob Brown.

Wording of the motion

That the Senate calls for a halt to all logging destruction in Tasmania’s Weld River valley until and unless:

(a) the Government completes a World Heritage evaluation of the forests;

(b) the Tasmanian Government shows that there is no prudent or feasible option to that destruction;

(c) an independent evaluation of the valley’s long-term economic value, including its tourism potential and carbon sink value, has been completed; and

(d) the full loss of water, carbon, biodiversity and honey production value from the destruction proposed is known.

No No Not passed by a large majority

How "voted very strongly for" is worked out

The MP's votes count towards a weighted average where the most important votes get 50 points, less important votes get 10 points, and less important votes for which the MP was absent get 2 points. In important votes the MP gets awarded the full 50 points for voting the same as the policy, 0 points for voting against the policy, and 25 points for not voting. In less important votes, the MP gets 10 points for voting with the policy, 0 points for voting against, and 1 (out of 2) if absent.

Then, the number gets converted to a simple english language phrase based on the range of values it's within.

No of votes Points Out of
Most important votes (50 points)      
MP voted with policy 0 0 0
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
MP absent 0 0 0
Less important votes (10 points)      
MP voted with policy 1 10 10
MP voted against policy 0 0 0
Less important absentees (2 points)      
MP absent* 0 0 0
Total: 10 10

*Pressure of other work means MPs or Senators are not always available to vote – it does not always indicate they have abstained. Therefore, being absent on a less important vote makes a disproportionatly small difference.

Agreement score = MP's points / total points = 10 / 10 = 100%.

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